PARKING POLICY AND DRIVING REGULATION
The University considers parking a privilege that may be revoked temporarily or permanently for justifiable reasons. Notice will be given to individuals whose privileges have been revoked. Written notice will be sent to the individual’s address of record with the University. Violations of this notice will result in immediate booting or towing.
Reason for Policy/Purpose
This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding parking and driving regulation on campus as well as the appeal process and possible penalties.
Who Needs to Know This Policy
All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.
Website Address for this Policy
1.0 REVOCATION OF PARKING PRIVILEGES
Notice will be given to individuals whose privileges have been revoked. Written notice will be sent to the individual’s address of record with the University. Violations of this notice will result in immediate booting or towing.
2.0 VEHICLE REGISTRATION
2.1 Faculty, staff and students are required to register online at www.usm.edu/parking before obtaining a parking permit.
2.2 Faculty, staff members, students, contract employees and contractor/vendors who operate a motor vehicle on University-controlled property, regularly or occasionally, will be required to purchase a DPM parking permit. Any vehicle parked on University-controlled property must display a current DPM parking permit.
2.3 Faculty, staff and students with permanent or temporary disabilities who may require handicapped parking access will be required to submit a copy of a state-issued handicapped placard or license plate registration to the Department of Parking Management (DPM). Each individual will be required to register and purchase a Southern Miss handicapped parking permit to accompany the state handicapped placard or license plate.
2.4 Visitors must obtain and display a visitor’s pass. All visitors must show a valid driver’s license to obtain a visitor’s pass.
2.5 All faculty, staff and students will be allowed one (one-day) temporary parking pass per semester at no cost. A Southern Miss ID will be required for issuance. For additional days, a temporary pass can be purchased. (See vehicle registration Section 2, subparagraph 2.19.)
2.6 Hangtags and decals are valid only when properly displayed. Display the hangtag unobstructed from the rearview mirror with the University logo facing outward. Decals must be permanently affixed, using only the permit’s adhesive, to the inside of the front windshield on the passenger side in the lower right-hand corner. Motorcycle permits must be affixed to the rear fender. If this is not possible, the decal must be affixed where it can be easily seen.
2.7 Only those parking permits issued by The University of Southern Mississippi Parking Management, will be honored.
2.8 Faculty and staff members, full-time or part-time, will be issued only one parking permit (must show valid Southern Miss faculty and staff ID). Special accommodations will be made for permanently open vehicles where a hangtag is not practical. Dependents, such as students, spouses and student office staff employees are not authorized to use faculty/staff parking permits.
2.9 Students who are full-time or part-time will be issued one parking permit per academic year (must show valid Southern Miss student ID).
2.10 All faculty and staff members who are full-time, part-time, regular or temporary will be eligible for faculty/staff parking permits. Faculty and staff may pay through payroll deduction.
2.11 Any person who reports a permit or decal lost or stolen must re-register and pay the replacement fee to obtain another permit.
2.12 Faculty, staff and students who have been terminated/withdrawn from the University will be reimbursed the full cost of the parking registration fee only if requested within 30 days of the issue date.
2.13 The University will reimburse faculty, staff and students for up to 30 days for any billing errors that may have occurred.
2.14 Citation payments can be processed online at www.usm.edu/parking. (See penalties Section 7, subparagraph 7.10.)
2.15 Citations issued with a permit number will be charged to the person to whom the original permit was issued. Citations issued to a vehicle will be charged to the driver/owner.
2.16 Any person falsifying a permit will be subject to towing. In addition, parking privileges will be revoked. (See penalties Section 7, subparagraph 7.2, 7.3.)
2.17 All contractors and vendors are required to obtain parking permits for their employees’ privately owned vehicles if an employee is parking on a campus. This requirement does not apply to company-owned vehicles (vehicle must display company logo). Companies shall submit a letter (mail or fax) to the Department of Parking Management requesting the number of parking permits needed. Parking permits will be issued to the individual. Contractor/Vendors employees who bring privately owned vehicles to a campus are expected to abide by and follow the University parking regulations (see General Information and Section 2, subparagraph 2.19).
2.18 Contract employees (i.e., Aramark, Barnes and Noble) will be issued one permit at the same price as a faculty/staff permit, which must be paid for at the time of registration. These employees will be responsible for their fines. Failure to pay fines could result in vehicle immobilization.
2.19 The cost of the parking permit is based on an employee’s salary at the time of purchase.
Registration fees for parking permits are as follows:
Regular Parking Permits Hattiesburg Gulf Park
Students and handicap $144 $ 75
Faculty/Staff > $24K $144* $ 75*
Faculty/Staff < $24K $ 75* $ 75*
Reserved $396 $175
Contractor/Vendor $ 75 $ 75
Retired Faculty/Staff $ 75 $ 75
Summer semester $ 25 $ 25
Bicycles/Motorcycles (per academic year) $ 20 $ 20
Bicycles/Motorcycles (non-expiring) $ 50 $ 50
Exchange/Replacement $ 20 $ 20
Temporary/special permits Hattiesburg Gulf Park
1 to 10 weekdays $ 10 $ 10
11 to 15 weekdays $ 15 $ 15
16 to 20 weekdays $ 20 $ 20
More than 20 weekdays $ 75 $ 75
*Employees who begin on or after January 1st will pay a reduced annual rate.
For employees, one regular parking permit fee can be treated as a pre-tax payroll deduction lowering taxable income. Additional permits and temporary/special permits will be after-tax deductions. For regular permits purchased during the open registration period (month of August), the annual parking fee can be payroll-deducted over a nine-month period. For any purchases after the open registration period, the payroll deduction period will be pro-rated based on purchase date. After 10 working days from the beginning of each semester, Southern Miss will charge a $5 late fee for vehicle registration, with the exception of newly hired employees. The late fee is due at time of purchase.
2.20 Upon termination of employment, faculty/staff must return their permits to the Department of Parking Management and pay all outstanding fines. Exceptions to this section apply to wrecked or traded vehicles and vehicles that have had windshields replaced; owners should provide documentation that states the hangtag or decal has been destroyed.
2.21 Any faculty, staff or student who changes place of residence or employment status must obtain the appropriate parking permit within two working days by returning his/her permit for exchange or replacement.
2.22 Any faculty, staff or student who sells or trades a vehicle must obtain the appropriate parking permit within two working days by returning his/her permit for exchange or replacement.
2.23 Any faculty, staff or student who has a windshield replaced or vehicle that has been totaled must provide documentation from a glass or insurance company in order to obtain a new permit.
2.24 Any faculty, staff or student who sells or gives a vehicle to another faculty, staff or student must provide proper documentation to show exchange of ownership.
2.25 Any retired faculty/staff who desires regular access to a campus must purchase a retiree parking permit.
3.0 ZONE DESIGNATIONS
3.1 COMMUTER ZONE: Commuting students, Commuter zones are indicated by signage.
3.2 RESIDENT ZONE: Students who reside on a campus, Resident Zones are indicated by signage.
3.3 FACULTY/STAFF: Vehicles properly displaying faculty/staff parking permits may park in faculty/staff, commuter and open zones. Faculty/Staff zones are indicated by signage and parking spaces outlined in lime green.
3.4 LUCAS RESERVE: Lucas Reserve lot
3.5 POLYMER RESERVE: Polymer Reserve lot
3.6 RESERVE SPACE: Reserve parking by permit only
3.7 VILLAGE: Residents of the Village housing. VILLAGE CIRCLE is reserved for Village permits only. Village parking is indicated by signage.
3.8 FRATERNITY: Residents of fraternity housing. Fraternity parking is indicated by signage.
3.9 HANDICAP: Limited to those who have been authorized to display, and who properly display, a state-issued handicapped placard or license plate on his/her vehicle and a Southern Miss parking permit. Handicap parking is available in areas designated commuter, resident, faculty/staff, open, handicap and meter parking, provided the meter fee is paid. Handicap parking is indicated by signage and parking spaces outlined in blue.
3.10 OPEN ZONE: To be used only by vehicles properly displaying a current DPM parking permit (includes parking garage). Open Zones are indicated by signage.
3.11 BICYCLE/MOTORCYCLE PADS: Parking for bicycles/motorcycles properly displaying a current DPM parking permit
3.12 SERVICE AREAS: Limited to marked University vehicles, off-campus delivery vehicles, contractor/vendor vehicles displaying current permits, and vehicles with special permits allowing Service area parking. Service Zones are indicated by signage.
3.13 NO PARKING-TOW AWAY AREAS: A space where vehicles are not allowed to park. No parking-tow away areas are indicated with yellow curbing and striping.
3.14 FIRE LANE: Designated for fire trucks and other firefighting or emergency equipment to use, travel upon and/or park. Fire Lanes are indicated by red curbing and striping.
4.0 PARKING REGULATIONS
4.1 Hattiesburg Campus - parking zone restrictions will be enforced from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays when Saturday is a designated class day.
Gulf Park Campus - parking zone restrictions will be enforced from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays when Saturday is a designated class day.
4.2 Parking permits must be properly displayed 24 hours a day.
4.3 No Parking areas include service areas, fire lanes, fire hydrants, handicapped parking, handicapped curb cuts, reserved parking, sidewalks/grounds, no parking tow-away areas and obstructing traffic, which will be enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
4.4 Vehicles will park only in areas designated and marked as parking areas in such a manner, at such places, and for such time as indicated herein and on signs. Signs supersede these written regulations.
4.5 No vehicle shall park in any area on a campus in excess of posted time limits.
4.6 No vehicle shall be parked on or outside visibly marked parking lanes.
4.7 No vehicle shall be parked facing the flow of traffic.
4.8 Metered parking will be available to everyone without restrictions, provided the meter fee is paid.
4.9 University vehicles are not permitted to park in handicapped spaces, curb cuts, fire lanes, near fire hydrants, no parking tow-away areas or metered parking.
5.0 DRIVING RULES AND REGULATIONS
In addition to the traffic laws of the state of Mississippi, the following University regulations are enforced by the University Police Department. A citation issued for a traffic violation will include a $75 fine with the exception of a smoking violation, which will carry a $50 fine, and noise violation, which will carry a $100 fine.
5.1 Stop Signs: A vehicle shall come to a complete halt at stop signs and remain stationary until it is safe to proceed.
5.2 Reckless Endangerment: No vehicle shall be operated in any manner that endangers the life or safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians or others.
5.3 Speed Limit: The maximum speed limit is 20 miles per hour, except in areas with lower limits posted.
5.4 Yield: Vehicles will yield to other vehicles having right-of-way.
5.5 Directing Traffic: Vehicle operators must obey the lawful directions of a university police officer.
5.6 One-Way Streets: Vehicles will be operated only in the direction indicated by one-way signs, unless directed to do otherwise by a University police officer.
5.7 Driving Areas: Vehicles will be driven only on streets designated for that purpose. Driving and parking is not permitted on areas designated for pedestrians or on lawn areas, unless directed to do so by a University police officer.
5.8 Barricades: Vehicles will observe barricade instructions, unless directed otherwise by a University police officer.
5.9 Pedestrian Crosswalks: Vehicles will yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks.
5.10 Bicycle Traffic: Vehicle operators will share the roadways with bicycle operators and respect their rights to roadway access.
5.11 Noise: Vehicle operators will observe the University’s noise ordinance. The use of public address systems will be by permit only.
5.12 U-turns: U-turns are not permitted on University streets unless directed by a University police officer.
5.13 Transportation Means: Skates, skateboards and in-line skates may be used on a campus as a means of transportation. They will not be operated on streets except while crossing. They will not be operated in a careless, dangerous or reckless manner.
5.14 Bicycle Operators: Bicycles will be operated on streets (when available) moving in the same direction as the flow of vehicular traffic. Obey the rules of the road for bicycles. When only pedestrian areas are available, proceed slowly, yielding to pedestrians.
5.15 Small Vehicles: Vehicle operators will exercise caution when encountering small vehicles on University streets. Small vehicle operators will exercise caution and yield to pedestrians when on and off streets.
5.16 No Smoking in University Vehicles: This includes any automobile, truck, van, bus or golf cart owned or leased by the University. To view designated smoking areas, go to www.usm.edu/student-health-services/smoking-policy.
6.0 HEARING AND APPEALS PROCEDURE
6.1 Faculty, staff and students are preferably asked to submit all appeals online at www.usm.edu/parking.
6.2 Any individual receiving a parking or traffic citation may request a hearing regarding the citation.
Hattiesburg Campus: Students shall have a hearing before a student judicial board. Faculty and staff members shall have a hearing before a staff board.
Gulf Park Campus: Faculty, staff and students hearings will be heard by the Parking Management Committee.
The following reasons are NOT acceptable grounds for dismissing a parking or traffic citation:
a. Ignorance of regulations
b. Inability to find a legal parking space
c. No space available
d. Inclement weather
e. Late for class
f. Improperly displayed decal
g. Failure to purchase a decal
h. Permit used by another person
i. Not displaying a decal
6.3 Requests for a parking violation hearing must be made within 5 calendar days of issuance of the citation. The time and place of the hearing is corresponded via e-mail through the Appeal Clerk with the Department of Parking Management. The board(s) may make a decision based upon the written request with or without the presence of the alleged violator.
Hattiesburg Campus: Student hearings will be held weekly during fall and spring semesters. During the summer semester, student hearings will be held once a month. Faculty and staff hearings will be held each month that school is in session full-time. The ruling of the board(s) may be appealed to the Parking Management Committee in writing within 5 calendar days from the decision of the board(s). The decision from the Parking Management Committee is final.
Gulf Park: Faculty, staff and student hearings will be held once a month. The decision from the Parking Management Committee is final.
6.4 A person requesting a hearing may be present at his or her parking violation hearing and may present information as permitted by the board(s) regarding the citation:
a. Parking violations “Request for Hearing” cases where the alleged violator wishes to be present are decided by the board(s) at the hearing.
b. A diagram or other pertinent information describing details concerning the citation may be submitted to the Department of Parking Management office.
c. Citations are considered pending during the parking violation hearing process. (See penalties, Section 7, subparagraph 7.6.)
c. The board(s) will hear the matter and render a decision. The board(s) may
(1) find that a parking violation occurred and impose the appropriate penalty;
(2) find that no parking violation occurred and dismiss the citation; or
(3) suspend half or all of the fine imposed as a result of a finding of fact in the hearing.
6.5 The decision of the board(s) is transmitted to the alleged violator at the address supplied online.
7.1 All parking violations carry an administrative penalty of $25, $50, $100 or $200. (See penalties Section 7, subparagraph 7.10.)
7.2 Altered or obliterated parking permits will be voided, and no refund will be allowed. It will be necessary to purchase a new parking permit.
7.3 Any person falsifying a permit/handicapped placard or who uses a lost, stolen or fraudulent permit will be subject to a $100 penalty; students will also be referred to the Dean of Students office for disciplinary action.
7.4 Any University employee or student who allows the use of a reported lost/stolen parking permit will be subject to a $100 penalty.
7.5 After 10 working days from the beginning of each semester, the University will charge a $5 late fee for vehicle registration.
7.6 Violators who have a vehicle booted will be assessed a $75 boot fee. Violators who have a vehicle towed will be assessed a $100 tow fee. Violators who have a motorcycle towed will be assessed a $100 tow fee. Violators who have a bicycle cut removal or impoundment will be assessed a $25 fee. In addition, a $10 per day storage fee will be assessed while the vehicle is in storage. For any vehicle that has been booted or towed, the individual is required to pay the entire account in full before the vehicle is released. Faculty, staff and students are not allowed to charge to their student account or use payroll deduction. The method of payment will be cash, online, VISA or MasterCard.
7.7 The unauthorized removal of a boot or vehicle from the impound yard will subject the registered owner/driver to a $100 penalty, plus restoration for any damage to DPM property and, for students, referral to the Dean of Students office for disciplinary action.
7.8 Outstanding parking citations or traffic citations can be paid online or at the following locations:
Gulf Park Campus
7.9 Faculty and staff who do not pay outstanding penalties will have such penalties withheld from their payroll.
8. ENACTMENT AND PUBLICATION
8.1 The rules and regulations herein promulgated shall become effective only after notice of enactment of the same has been published in three consecutive issues of the University newspaper and in a newspaper having a general circulation in the county and municipality where The University of Southern Mississippi is located. Such notice shall state where the full text of such rules and regulations may be found on file. In addition, such rules and regulations shall be posted on five bulletin boards at the campuses of the University for a period of four weeks after their promulgation. (Miss.Code Ann.§ 37-105-3)
8.2 These rules and regulations are enacted by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, state of Mississippi, and effective from and after August 15, 2015
The Director of Parking Management is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
02/22/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.
06/27/13: Updated for the 2013-14 year.
07/09/14: Updated for the 2014-15 year.
07/15/15: Updated for the 2015-16 year.